City Hall: Portland Implements Hiring Freeze, But Not For Police (Updated)


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The budget-strapped City of Portland has implemented a hiring freeze, effective March 8, and the only Portland employees excluded from the freeze are certain public safety officers. But that exemption could create a problem for the city's general fund because the freeze won't apply fully to the one bureau that has exceeded its personnel budget the most this year, the Portland Police Bureau. "[V]acancies ...   More
 
Thursday, March 4, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Assistant Chief Brian Martinek Caught on Film Illegally Parked (and that's not his biggest problem)


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When we reported last fall about the big rift between Chief Rosie Sizer and her rank-and-file officers, we also mentioned that possibly the only person more unpopular within the police bureau is Assistant Chief Brian Martinek. Sizer hired Martinek in 2006 to head up the bureau's operations branch. But in his three-plus years in Portland, Martinek has developed the same reputation among cops ...   More
 
Thursday, March 11, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

UPDATED: City Council Hears Testimony on Leonard's Police Oversight Ordinance


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The City Council this afternoon heard testimony from dozens of fired-up Portlanders urging immediate action on a proposed ordinance to boost oversight of the Portland Police Bureau. "Please, listen to the people," said Ursula Anderson of Northeast Portland. "You have the power to make a decision today. You have the authority— we voted for you. Make a decision today." Coming on the heels ...   More
 
Thursday, March 18, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Chief Rosie Sizer on The Latest Police Shooting


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Police Chief Rosie Sizer just got done with a news conference to take questions about yesterday's fatal shooting at Hoyt Arboretum of a man by a police officer - the second fatal shooting this year by a Portland cop. Sizer left a lot of questions unanswered in this most recent shooting, including the man's identity, how close the officer was to the man when he shot him or how many shots were ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Tracking The Mayor's Attention To Luxury Store's Closure and Officer-Involved Shooting


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As Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman (above) deals with the fallout from the latest officer-involved fatal shooting in Portland, Mayor Sam Adams is bracing Portlanders for the July closure of Saks Fifth Avenue, the downtown luxury retail store. Adams issued a 600-word press release about Saks' closure at 10:48 am today: “The property owners, the Portland Development Commission and I made ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

On the Record: The Sad Life of Jackie Collins, the Man Shot at Hoyt Arboretum


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Portland police this morning identified the man shot Monday afternoon in Hoyt Arboretum as 58-year-old Jack Dale Collins. He also used the first name of Jackie. A search of the state court database reveals a snapshot of a man who appears to have been caught in a long cycle of alcoholism and homelessness. Collins' first arrest in Oregon appears to have been in 1993, when he was charged with ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Two Sentences: Chief Rosie Sizer Responds to Road Rage Cases


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After requests from WW and other media for interviews about recently reported road-rage incidents involving Portland police, Chief Rosie Sizer this evening responded with a brief written statement. "Our officers are held accountable for their actions both on and off duty," says the statement, which was sent by email. "People are drawing conclusions about 1,000 officers based on recent reports ...   More
 
Monday, April 12, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

DA Releases Grand Jury Transcripts in Arboretum Shooting


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After gaining permission from Multnomah County Circuit Court Presiding Judge Jean Maurer, the District Attorney's office today released the grand jury transcripts on the March 22 fatal shooting of Jackie Collins. A grand jury last week declined to indict Officer Jason Walters in the shooting. The transcripts are now available on the DA's website. It's the second time that city officials ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Chasse Cop Caught in Road Rage Incident


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One of the Portland cops involved in the 2006 death of James Chasse Jr. was involved over the weekend in a road-rage incident in Washington County. Portland police have opened an internal investigation in the incident, which cops say occurred when Sgt. Kyle Nice was off-duty on Saturday afternoon. Police here found out about the incident at Southwest 80th and Oleson over the weekend. But ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 6, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Portland Police Release Photo of Arboretum Shooting Razor Knife


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A day after releasing 400-plus pages of investigative documents about the March 22 fatal shooting of Jackie Collins, Portland Police have just released this photo of the razor knife they say Collins was wielding. Officer Jason Walters, who shot Collins four times, told investigators that Collins was approaching him with the knife and refused to drop it. Independent witnesses confirmed his version. ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 6, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

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